Dr. Tolulope (Tolu) Noah is an associate professor in the Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Education K-8 program at Azusa Pacific University, where she teaches education courses to undergraduate students who are pursuing teaching as a vocation and was the recipient of the university’s 2019 Teaching Excellence Award. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Tolu became a full‐time teacher through Teach for America (TFA), the national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural schools in an effort to close the achievement gap. Tolu taught in both public and independent school settings for nine years before transitioning to higher education as a full-time professor. She has received masters and doctorate degrees in education, taught at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and served in multiple leadership positions related to pre-service teacher training and in-service teacher professional development. Tolu was a curriculum specialist for one of Teach for America’s intensive summer teacher-training institutes and served as a Professional Learning Community Facilitator for TFA, facilitating monthly professional development meetings about effective curriculum development, assessment strategies, and instructional strategies for beginning teachers. In her role as a professor, Tolu has also conducted workshops for college faculty on facilitating meaningful dialogue about diversity and service-learning pedagogy. These, and other leadership experiences, have enabled her to develop a deeper understanding of the needs of teachers and strategies to help them become more effective educators.